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Watford among several clubs to express interest in signing Lazar Markovic

Watford, now led by former Hull City manager Marco Silva, are among a host of clubs to have contacted Liverpool in an effort to sign Lazar Markovic.

Markovic spent the second half of last season on loan with the Tigers, forming a key part of Silva’s plans, and shone despite Hull’s eventual relegation.

With Silva shifting from the KC Stadium to Vicarage Road, however, Markovic looks set to be given another opportunity in the Premier League.

According to the Telegraph, Watford have “expressed their interest” in the Serbian winger, and could make a move at some stage this summer.

However, Zenit St Petersburg are also believed to be pursuing Markovic, as well as clubs from Portugal and Italy.

AC Milan were linked with a move for the former Benfica star last summer, before he ultimately joined Sporting CP, failing to make an impact on his return to Lisbon.

One hurdle could come in the form of Liverpool’s valuation, with the Mirror claiming the club would look to recoup much of the £20 million they paid to sign him from Benfica back in 2014.

Markovic has just two years left on his current contract with the Reds, and given his poor form since moving to Merseyside—and his regular injury concerns—this may be an optimistic approach.

SANTA CLARA, USA - Saturday, July 30, 2016: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic in action against AC Milan during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day ten of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Levi's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Markovic is far from a poor player, of course, and his performances and application while at Hull have clearly impressed Silva.

Watford are a constantly shifting squad, and Markovic could come in to provide the Hornets with a new dimension in attack, potentially joining former Liverpool youngster Jerome Sinclair.

Selling Markovic would provide Jurgen Klopp with additional funds as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of 2017/18.

Virgil van Dijk may still be a target despite the Reds’ embarrassing climbdown earlier in June, while Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah are Klopp’s most regularly touted targets elsewhere.

Markovic won’t be the only player to leave the club this summer, with Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno and Kevin Stewart all likely to exit.

Andre Wisdom is expected to seal a £4.5 million move to Derby County in the coming weeks, after impressing on loan with Red Bull Salzburg last term.

There are also question marks over the futures of Joe Gomez, Sheyi Ojo, Harry Wilson, Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge, among others.

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